The Trusty Facelift

Facelift These days, everywhere you look it seems someone else is turning 100. We’re all living longer, but the problem is our skin isn’t built for the long haul. It is damaged by the sun and lifestyle choices. Its supply of collagen, the protein that provides the support system for the skin, dwindles one additional percent every year after we turn 20. And facial skin is some of the thinnest on the entire human body.

That adds up to sunken cheeks, deep creases beside the mouth, hanging jowls, loose skin and fat deposits on the neck, and an overall saggier countenance. Ugh.

But Dr. Malamet can perform a facelift and take 10 to 15 years off your facial aging.

Would a facelift be good for me?

Pretty much anyone over the age of 45 could use a facelift, especially those of us who’ve been in the Southern California sun our entire life. How involved a procedure you would want depends on how much time you’ve spent in the sun, environmental issues, personal habits, stresses, and the like. A facelift rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. If you can relate to these characteristics on your face, a facelift could be a good option:

  • You have mid-face sagging
  • You have deep creases under your eyes
  • You have deep nasolabial folds
  • Jowls have formed on your jawline
  • You have fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones
  • You have loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, and fatty tissue on your neck

Are there different facelifts and how are they done?

Dr. Malamet uses different facelift approaches with different incision lengths and locations, depending on the patient’s individual needs. Most facelift procedures take around two hours.

  • Traditional facelift — Dr. Malamet performs a “full” facelift to rejuvenate the face, jowls, and neck. A full facelift involves lifting and repositioning the muscles and deeper tissues and removing certain attachments. Fat is sculpted. Excess skin is trimmed and then re-draped. The incisions with a traditional lift start at the temples, run downward in front of the ear, wrap around the earlobe, and terminate in the hairline of the lower scalp. If the patient has particular issues in the neck area, a second incision is made under the chin to lift, tighten, and trim excess skin on the upper neck.
  • Limited-incision facelift — The goals of this facelift aren’t as widespread, instead of providing limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Shorter incisions are made at the temples, around the ears, and if needed, in the lower eyelids and under the upper lip.
  • Mid-face lift — As the name implies, this lift focuses on the mid-face, lifting the cheeks and removing lines. Mid-face lifts can reduce puffiness under the eyes, correct nasolabial folds, and improve the cheeks. Incisions are small, usually in the lower eyelids or mouth.
  • Neck lift — While not technically a “facelift,” neck lifts are often combined with other lifts. The neck lift concentrates on jowls and fat under the chin. The incision is made around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp. An incision can also be made under the chin.

When you’re thinking of how to turn back the years on your facial aging, don’t forget the trusty facelift with Dr. Malamet. Its lasting results take a decade or more off your face. Call us, 818-380-3130, to schedule a consultation.

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